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Kansas City Chiefs work out free agent guards, linebackers and defensive tackles

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The KC Chiefs are staying busy on the workout circuit. Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports that the Chiefs worked out a slew of free agent players, including DT Marvin Austin.

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Tuesday is an off day for most NFL teams but an important day for free agents. Many teams conduct free agent workouts on these days. That was the case for the Kansas City Chiefs who worked out at least seven players this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Guards: John Malecki and Lance Louis

Malecki is the former Steeler center the Chiefs were said to be working out. Louis is a former Bear. Why work out guards? I wondered if it has anything to do with Jon Asamoah, who missed Week 1 with a calf injury. The Chiefs played Geoff Schwartz in his place.

Linebackers: D.J. Smith and Alonzo Highsmith

DJ Smith has Packer ties as Green Bay's sixth round pick in 2011. He also spent time with the Chargers. Alonzo Highsmith is the son of the former running back by the same name. His brother, AJ, is a defensive back for the Miami Hurricanes. He went undrafted this year and signed with the Dolphins after the draft.

Defensive tackles: Marvin Austin, Christian Tupou and Jordan Miller

Miller is now a Chief after signing with the Chiefs practice squad. Austin is the former second round pick by the Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft. The picture above shows two Chiefs tryouts -- Malecki and Austin -- working against each other.

One reason many teams will work a lot of players out early on in the season is that they want to keep a short list of players they can call if they lose someone during the season. Or they could be looking at those players for specific reasons, like certain players were injured and they need help now. So far, Jordan Miller to the practice squad is the only move made out of this group.

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